Do we think about our beliefs?
• Right to vote basic ideal
o Has been contested in recent times Whom is legally allowed to vote?
Systematic disenfranchisement of African Americans
o Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act
Deep South had to get approval from the Department of Justice for
changes in voting measures due to their history of racial
• How easy should it be to vote?
o ID laws
Government issued ID generally required to register to vote
• A substantial number of people don’t have drivers licenses
• These people are more likely low income and more likely
to vote Democratic
Democrats say that needing a photo ID is systematic
disenfranchisement of poor people
Republicans say it’s to protect against voter fraud
o Historically, minorities have been disenfranchised with literacy tests, etc.
• Why don’t people go out and vote?
o Turnout in midterm elections is lower than in presidential elections
o Registration is a hassle
o There are tons of elections and a great demand on voters
o People feel that their vote doesn’t matter
o Commitment to politics is lacking/ people are fucking lazy
o Playing with the numbers to adjust for statistical error
Dead people can’t vote
How many races are going on?
• If there’s a contested senatorial race, the numbers may be
higher in a presidential year than they would if there wasn’t
a contested race see MA with Warren in 2012
o Higher income people are more likely to be politically involved
Ironic: poor people who “need the most from government” are less
likely to become involved with it
Candidates don’t look to poorer people to be volunteers and
• 1) if people with lower incomes were as numerous in the